August 21, 2018
1 Peter 1:14… As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance.
How do we respond to ignorance? When I was 18, I was pulled over by a cop for irregular driving. I guess I was changing between lanes on the freeway, erratically and regularly. To the officer, I said something like, “I didn’t know I couldn’t do that.” His response was a life lesson, “Ignorance is no excuse.” The long version sounds something like, “If you are going to drive, you should know the rules of driving.” He wrote me a ticket that day, which I paid.
“If you call yourself a Christian, you should live by the laws of Christianity.
How many tickets has Jesus torn up and thrown away? You might plead, ‘ignorance’ but ignorance is no excuse. Peter reminds us of a positional reason;
You are no longer a child of Satan, living in darkness; you are a child of God, living in light. Formerly, you were not aware of light. You wandered with your hands extended, feeling your way along. One of my ‘go-to’ verses is
2 Corinthians 5:17… Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation, the old has passed away, behold the new has come.
It is very kind of Peter to call our former state a state of ignorance. He could have just as easily substituted the word, ‘ways.’ The passions of your former ways implies some knowledge about what we were doing. “Former ignorance” removes us from the equation. But, what is still evident is ‘former and present’. I applied for acceptance in a church planting organization years ago. That organization did not make a big deal about drinking alcohol. In fact, many of their meetings were in taverns. I understand the reasons, and even applaud them; but when drinking was part of your former ways, you might need to separate yourself from it. You are no longer ignorant of the enemy’s designs for you. Ignorance is not an excuse.
2 Corinthians 2:11b… We are not ignorant of his designs.
We know the difference between good and evil, right and wrong. Why do we sometimes choose evil? Familiarity… Our flesh responds to recognition. When it cries out for something of the former life, ignore it. Walk in light.